Napoleonic Wars - Waterloo
Napoleon's Imperial Guard wearing their Briquet Swords in 1814 by Carle Vernet
Introduced in 1800 for the Consular Guard, the Guard briquet carried on its use in the Imperial Guard all the way to the end of the Napoleonic Wars. It was considered the "luxury briquet" for its quality craftmanship, as compared to the infantry sabre briquet of the rest of the French Army.
More specifically this sabre was issued only to the Old Guard (grenadier a pied de la garde) and the Light Infantry (chasseurs a pied de la garde). Clearly it was a special mark of exclusivity for the soldiers that carried it.
The reproduction is marked with Versailles hilt markings along with the appropriate armoury director and controller on the blade (Mouton and Beaumeretz).
The 28 inch (71cm) blade is made of AISI 1060 high
quality steel and can take an edge. The grip is wrapped finely with
leather and wire. Overall length of the sword is 33 inches (84 cm).
For those who practice the art of opening a champagne bottle with a sword, called sabrage, this is the ideal saber for the duty. As it is the "luxury" version of soldier's briquet, and the practice originates with Napoleon's army, what better sword for the job. The perfection of the art is beautifully illustrated with this 1853 account :
There are a number of clubs and videos online showing the practice of Sabrage. Using an historically appropriate sword adds to the story you are telling by performing this technique. Definitely a must for a wedding or other special occasion. Cheers!
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